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Melloblocco 2016 – Here comes the sun!


The 13th edition of Melloblocco took place at the weekend of 5 to 8 May in Val Masino, Italy. 2,800 registered climbers underline the success of the event which has no other equals in the climbing world.

Melloblocco is an open boulder competition with 13 men’s and women’s boulder problems. However, the event is much more than just a boulder comp! The extensive side programme ranges from presentations, parties, product tests, Italian delicacies to a simply unsurpassable scenery. Sparkling rivers, green meadows and a vast number of blocs are surrounded by impressive rock walls and mountains.

Again, Marmot was part of this great event and is proud to announce that two our their PRO athletes could finish with great results. Congrats to Anna Laitingen (FI) who became second in the women’s ranking and Jorg Verhoeven (NL) who became 6th in the male ranking. Great job!

For a more detailed report on the event see:

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CWIF 2016 review


Last weekend the #CWIF 2016 took place at the world famous Climbing Works. The event is a huge bouldering festival in Sheffield (UK), where hundreds of strong world class climbers take part in three rounds of qualification.

Twenty women and men made it through to semi-finals which took place on Sunday; with Marmot PRO athletes Jim Pope, Leah Crane and Jorg Verhoeven successfully qualifying.

Following an IFSC Boulder World Cup format, an exciting round of competition took place with both Leah and Jorg advancing to finals later that evening.

Opened by a spectacular array of videos and visuals, finals began with Leah and Jimmy Webb climbing first. Leah started with a flash of her first boulder setting a high bar from the off. After four hard boulders and some brilliant route setting the competitors were split with Jorg finishing in 6th place and Leah taking a podium finish, in third. A huge congratulation to both athletes.

In addition to the individual event, Marmot sent a tea

Entries open for Marmot Dark Mountains 2017


Marmot Dark Mountains™ 2016 saw an unprecedented 200 competitors take to the Northern Fells of the Lake District, starting from the event centre in Mungrisedale, in what can only be described as windy and wintery conditions. As Andrew Higgins (competing on the Elite course with Adam Stirk) put it, “…one of the best challenges of sound mountain judgement, endurance and skill that I have ever had the pleasure of competing in. By retiring with windburned eyes after 8.5hrs of pretty full on fun - I think Adam and I passed the test, despite not completing the challenge. We will be back...”.

Marmot Dark Mountains™ follows the usual two-day mountain marathon format but condenses it into one winter’s night. Elite, A, B, C and Score categories set off in pairs on a staggered start, the longer courses followed by the shorter ones, all hoping to converge back at the event centre as dawn breaks. Live GPS tracking enables the organisers, alongside friends, family, and any other k

Exploring the Georgian Winter


Where is Svaneti, please...?

In a corner of the world where you can still experience true freeride adventures. Marmot athletes Flo Hellberg and Peter and Hans Riesch, together with photographer Christian Weiermannshaus, set off for the southernmost part of the Greater Caucasus in northwestern Georgia and tell us of impressive rides, adventurous road trips and the drinking capabilities of the Georgian people.

Our starting point was Mestia, at an altitude of 1,400 meters. Mestia is the most important place in Svaneti; it even has its own airport, which is used only in good weather and by small airplanes. That’s why we chose to go by car along the Black Sea coast, a five-hour ride on a road that was pretty adventurous in parts, like the stretch along the reservoir by the 270 meter high Enguri Dam. Mestia is framed by 4,000 to 5,000 meter high mountains and is a place of stark contrasts. The futuristic glass air

Kendal Mountain Festival Review


Another great Kendal Mountain Festival full of stunning outdoor films, amazing parties, inspiring artwork and meeting interesting people is over. From Marmot side we can look back to a great
Marmot hosted CAC in the Marmot Tent at Kendal Mountain Festival. Over the course of the weekend CAC sold loads of their great merchandise, and in addition over 500 raffle tickets were sold for the chance to win a unique piece of aerosol art painted by graffiti artist Foundry. The winner was local Cumbrian climbing legend Ron Kenyon. Over the course of Sunday Foundry also painted a 12’ wide artwork which, in return for a very generous donation made to CAC ‘s founder John Ellison, was acquired by local dentist and climber Neil Cooper (picture attached) who will install it permanently for all to see at his new Crossbank Dental Care practice due to open in Kendal in Spring 2016.


Living the Adventure in Norway!


Living the Adventure! Marmot PRO Teresa Brenner shows us how it’s done. Busy ski-touring in Norway, she’s living her own ski-touring adventure on the island of Senja.

Planning a ski-touring trip to Norway? Already seen Lyngen and Lofoten? Then next time you should definitely visit the island of Senja, located about 180km south of Tromsö, where you arrive by plane. From Munich it’s about a 4 hour flight. Senja is roughly 1,583 km2 in size and around 7,800 people live there.

With a rental car, the drive runs along beautiful fjords until Finnsenes, where a bridge connects the island with the mainland. The ride takes 3 hours at most and from May onwards you can also do it by ferry, shortening the journey time considerably.

If you do ever make it to Senja, you should definitely spend a night in Bents Freeride Lodge in the north-west of the island. It’s the perfect starting point for many ski-tours and Bent, the owner,

New route at the Eiger


Odyssey 8a+, 1400 meters

Bigwall first ascent of the most difficult route through the Eiger Northface!

The international European Climbing team of Robert Jasper (Germany), Roger Schaeli (Switzerland) and Simon Gitel (Italy) have established a new route on the Eiger Northface (Switzerland).

After the first all free ascent of the Japaneese -Direct (8a) 2009 Robert Jasper and Roger Schäli discovered this new line leading trough the steepest and most challenging part of this face with its always cold conditions.

During the following years, they were busy with their aim to free the big historic Direttissimas such as the Harlin-Direct with Heckmair Exit 7a,M8 1800 Meter in 2010 or the Ghilini-Direttissima 7c,1300 meters in 2013.

So they had only few days in the last years when the weather and the conditions made it possible to push forward their project of this first ascent. Conditions are everything on the Eiger this rule did not change by global warming! S

Greenland Dreams 2015


Greenland Dreams 2015 – Finnish Greenland Expedition

Tobias, a native Greenlandic hunter and all-rounder speeds the small boat trough Sermilik fjords. He steers the light boat with steady movements; we have never seen an icebergs so we’re not sure, should we be scared of them or not. In the end it doesn’t really matter as we are finally here, approaching the edge of sea and ice near the coast of mainland Greenland. We are here to ski across the whole thing. 700 kilometers to go; all across the world’s second largest glacier. Our chosen style is unsupported and unassisted from coast to coast. Two guys with a shared dream of a long and cold journey.

We arrived in Angmagssalik over a week before. Very bad weather did not allow us to start skiing; first our cargo was stuck at Kulusuk due to low visibility and later heavy winds kept things on the ground. During spring the only way t

Have a nice movie night and help Nepal!


The dZi Foundation & Porters’ Progress UK present Telluride Mountain Film London on Wednesday 16 September from 7pm – 10pm.

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She’s done it again!


Lena Hermann, adopted daughter of Franconia and Marmot PRO athlete, sent her second 8c last week – less than six months after her first. As she posted on Instagram, she found the route surprisingly easy. Read Lena’s account of the route here:

“The route “Father and Son” had already been recommended to me by a few people. This summer I went to the crag for the first time; I went a couple of times but never climbed there, because it was just too hot for me. I just belayed instead. But I kept looking up at the line and getting more and more motivated to try it. There’s this shallow crack that runs up to an overhang and I was wondering how I would climb it. Then I went back on a cooler day with a bunch of friends, and I was able to have a first proper look at the route. After just two days working it I managed to clip the chain at the top. It was the first female ascent of this route and I was absolutely delighted. It was incredibly good fun and the moves are so good that I

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